LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming women's basketball team will return home to face the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in a post-Thanksgiving match-up on Friday. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. MT. Live stats, audio and video can be found on the women's basketball Gameday Central page located on the GoWyo.com website.
Wyoming is currently 2-1 overall on the young season after a thrilling 61-56 overtime victory against Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night. Freshman Marta Gomez finished her night with 24 points, shooting 8-of-17 from the field in 40 minutes of play. Marquelle Dent followed with 15 points and four assists in 45 minutes while Jordan Kelley ended the game one assist shy of a triple double with 12 points, 10 boards and nine assists. Wyoming shot 22-of-60 (.367) from the field and out rebounded the Titans 36-30.
Gomez currently leads all scorers averaging 18.7 points along with 4.3 rebounds per contest. Dent follows with 15.3 points and a team-high 5.7 assists, while Kelley has 10.7 rebounds per contest. UW is shooting 72-of-179 (.402) from the field and 23-66 (.348) from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls are also outscoring opponents 68.7-59.7 and out rebounding teams 38.3-30.7.
The Gauchos are 1-4 overall on the season. Makala Roper leads the way off the bench with 11.4 points followed by Jasmine Ware with 9.6 points. Kali Jones is leading the way with 6.4 rebounds. As a team, UCSB is averaging 51.6 points and 34.4 rebounds per contest. This is the second meeting between the two teams. UCSB won the previous meeting 80-71 on January 12, 1985. The Gauchos are coached by Bonnie Henrickson who is in her first season with the program.